Maine South football players rally in response to delay of fall sports

Maine South football players hold up signs at the ‘Let Us Play’ rally to support the return of fall sports back to their regular season. The protest was held on Aug. 24, from 10-11 a.m., at the Thompson Center in Chicago. (Photo by Joe Kinnavy)

By Amalia Laskaris, Editor-in-chief

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor J.B. Pritzker decided to shut down fall sports that were assessed to be high risk for Covid transmission. Some of these sports included football, hockey, lacrosse, wrestling, competitive cheer, and dance. 

As a result, the Illinois High School Association has modified the 2020-2021 season schedule, which now consists of four shortened seasons. Sports that were declared by the Illinois Department of Public Health to be at a high or medium risk were moved to the spring or summer season. However, this has not been without controversy, as some athletes rely on these seasons to receive athletic scholarships.

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Activities Fair goes virtual


(Photo by John Biagi)

By John Biagi, News Editor

Despite the remote start at Maine South, extracurricular activities are still seeking student involvement. In order to help increase awareness of extracurricular options while respecting social distancing guidelines, Maine South’s annual Activities Fair has moved online. 

A website with information about Maine South’s activities will be accessible to students on Sept. 21 and will stay available for future reference. Additionally, a live Zoom call will occur on Sept. 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

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Spring sports are canceled, but athletics continue

Senior Liliana D’Alesio now trains alone due to social distancing. Even though her spring soccer season was canceled, exercise gives her some much-needed time outdoors. (Photo by Charlotte Geier)

By Tyler Houck & Amalia Laskaris, Sports Editors

The spring sports season across the state of Illinois has now officially been canceled, making the fears of thousands of students since early March a reality. Following the governor’s announcement canceling school for the remainder of the school year, the IHSA board of directors canceled all spring sports state tournaments. 

Although many athletes and coaches feared this result as soon as stay-at-home orders took place in Illinois, a majority of Maine South athletes have continued to train independently whenever possible.  Continue reading

Juniors face new challenges as college approaches

(Photo by Emma Crosson)

By Emma Crosson, News Editor

While all high school students are currently dealing with the consequences of COVID-19, between e-learning, cancellations of standardized tests, and approaching college applications, juniors in particular are feeling the academic repercussions of the virus.  Continue reading

South sets up system for year-end drop off and pick up of materials and yearbooks

All cars will enter Maine South during material drop off/pick up days from the Talcott Rd. entrance, and proceed through a variety of check points, including some that will be set up in the Jock Lot. Freshmen are scheduled for Monday, May 11, followed by seniors, juniors, and sophomores. (Photo by Tyler Houck)

By Charlotte Geier, Editor-in-Chief

During the week of May 11, Maine South will be facilitating a socially distanced drive-through system for the drop off and pick up of school materials. These materials include textbooks, musical instruments, supplies, yearbooks, locker equipment, caps & gowns, and graduation programs.  Continue reading

What not to watch during quarantine (unless you want to be terrified)

By Veronica Espinoza, Ella Melcher, and Kristen Meyer, Entertainment Editors

While people were streaming TV shows and movies long before quarantine, it has become even more popular now as they now have time to catch up on their favorite TV shows or watch a new movie. Because of the pandemic, though, certain topics can be a little hard to watch. The following four dramas, while highly entertaining and well crafted, all touch on themes that hit a little too close to home during our current climate, and emphasize the terrifying realities of a pandemic, quarantine, and isolation. Viewer discretion is advised! Continue reading

Social distancing yields creative ways to socialize

While students can’t physically be close to one another, Senior Sean Yesko and his friends park in a circle in an empty lot to socialize while maintaining social distance. This particular circle was a get-together to celebrate Yesko’s birthday. (Photo courtesy Sean Yesko)

By Charlotte Geier, Editor-in-Chief

When social distancing orders were given in the middle of March, students and staff alike jumped right into the routine of Zoom calls and e-learning assignments. While education continues outside of the school walls, students and staff have had to find creative ways to remain connected in person—while six feet apart—with friends and family.  Continue reading

Statewide executive order ends some senior e-learning early

By Georgia Fosse, Editor-in-Chief

On May 4, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-31, which essentially erased the need for some second-semester credits by reducing graduation requirements for current seniors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Continue reading

Infected with uncertainty: student employment put on hold

While a few employers like Oberweis have increased workers’ hours, many more have reduced hours or furloughed employees. Students are concerned about the impact of coronavirus on their employment. (Photo by Lily Niziolek)

By Lily Niziolek and Elizabeth Ryser, Features Editors

The limitations imposed by the coronavirus have made a significant impact on students’ everyday lives. Economic uncertainty is putting pressure on many teenagers in the workforce. The stresses not only affect currently employed teenagers but also those looking to apply for new jobs.  Continue reading

Latest “Animal Crossing” game offers students the social outlet they need during quarantine

‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ has become a popular form of escapism for students. The game was released on March 20, and was one of the best-selling physical games in the US in March, according to research firm NPD Group. (Photo by Amalia Laskaris)

By Amalia Laskaris, Sports Editor

With the stay-at-home order in place, many students are finding new interests and hobbies to spend their free time on. On March 20, many Nintendo fans, such as junior Alex DiCristofano turned to the newly-released “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” to occupy their day to escape from reality. Continue reading